Doc Hammill Horsemanship

The Harness Book!


 DOC HAMMILL’S decades of experience working equines in harness coupled with his never-ending quest to ensure that equines work more comfortably and safely, gives him an unequaled perspective on the teamster’s art.
Author and researcher, Jenifer Morrissey, an accomplished teamster in her own right, has artfully condensed many generations of wisdom from Doc, herself, and numerous other master teamsters and craftsmen in this unique book about harness and using it safely and well.

Now assembled in one place, this series of articles on harness and the teamster’s art by Jenifer Morrissey with Doc Hammill and Friends originally appeared in Rural Heritage Magazine. Introductory chapters include choosing a harness for your equine and understanding harness materials and styles. The key chapters on the geometry of harness adjustment and finding the ideal point of draft resulted from months of research and collaboration. Rural Heritage’s Publisher remarked,  “Our most extensive articles on the most essential aspects of draft horse driving. Jenifer Morrissey’s much-researched articles cover everything you need to know to correctly adjust your harness and collars for the best performance and comfort.  Accompanied by very helpful photographs and illustrations. You will keep and reread these articles forever!” And now it is even easier to do that with the book, Harness Lessons With Doc Hammill and Friends.

Available NOW:   $38.00 + $7.50 shipping USA.
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A comment about the book from Wade

“Hi Doc,

I wasn’t confident that I was getting everything right of Ben’s harness and that was confirmed by reading your book.  The illustrations and easy-to-understand instruction quickly made me aware of many things I was doing wrong, causing discomfort for Ben (my horse)while in harness. As a sensitive, reactive horse I’m sure I’ve added to the problem by not giving him his required comfort while being worked. One of the things that stood out to be was the movement of the collar while in harness. I have used the movement of the hame balls to tell me where Ben’s feet were at any given time.  Now I know the movement is way too much and most likely caused by the collar sitting too low, and most likely causing pain when the traces have a load on them.  I feel bad for the pain I’ve caused, but grateful that I now have the knowledge to fix it.

There is so much knowledge and skill to be gained from this book, for beginners to seasoned teamsters, that all harness and collar makers should sell or at least provide a flyer where to buy your book when they sell a harness or collar. Comfort adds to safety and your book explains why and how in an easy-to-understand method.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and a lifetime of experience for those of us who want to do what is right for our equine partners.

Happy Horsing around,”